Movie: Wild Dog
Rating: 2.75 / 5
Banner: Matinee Entertainment
Cast: Akkineni Nagarjuna, Dia Mirza, Saiyami Kher, Ali Reza, Mayank Parakh, Prakash Sudarshan, Pradeep, Bilal, Atul Kulkarni, Anish Kuruvilla and others
Dialogues: Kiran Kumar
Background music: Thaman
Cinematography: Shaneil Deo
Editor: Shravan Katikaneni
Art: Murali SV
Producers: Niranjan Reddy, Anvesh Reddy
Written and direction: Ahishor Solomon
Publication date: April 2, 2021
Aggressive promotions from Nagarjuna, an engaging trailer and the seemingly unique story have made “Wild Dog” trending for days.
The film was supposed to premiere directly on an OTT platform, but Nagarjuna canceled the deal to release it in theaters.
A bomb explosion takes place in a bakery in Pune. NIA begins investigation. To lead the case, Vijay Varma, a fierce and grumpy NIA officer, is called back to their ward.
Vijay Varma also lost his daughter in one such blast somewhere back. For him it is a personal and professional mission.
Vijay Varma and his team quickly identify Khalid Bhatkal of the Indian Mujahideen as the man behind the bombings.
The rest of the drama is about how they get Bhatkal out of hiding alive?
Performances by artists:
For senior actor Nagarjuna who has been trying to get out of the romantic dramas, the role of Vijay Varma suits him well. He is in good shape.
The other actors did their part well. Among them, Saiyami Kher star as Raw Agent and Ali Reza. Dia Mirza as Nagarjuna’s wife appears in only two scenes.
The film was shot in different locations for an authentic feel and the production design and overall look of the film is rich. The creators have followed the visual style of Hollywood thrillers and web dramas of this genre.
Shaneil Deo’s cinematography and action stunts are the main highlights of the film. The editing is sharp, the film has a running time of only two hours.
Gripping second half
Straight to the point
Boring opening scenes
Runs on expected lines
Lacks emotional quotient
Lately, web dramas like “The Family Man” and “Special OPS” have focused on the topic of officers on the mission of manhunting. They are thrillingly filmed with gripping narratives. Nagarjuna starrer “Wild Dog” is walking the same path.
Writer who became director Ahishor Solomon in his debut effort gets straight to the point. The story is simple: the agents find out who the terrorist behind the blast is and try to get to him. There are no surprises in the story. Such direct stories need poignant narration and tense moments.
While “Wild Dog” doesn’t offer thrilling sequences, it keeps us busy after an interval bang. After a lukewarm first half, the story gets into the groove in the last part.
The high-octane action scene of the covert Operation Wild Dog where the NIA team tries to catch a terrorist in Nepal is thrilling, especially in the final episodes.
The good point to be noted here is that there are no unwanted sentimental scenes and routine love trails. The writer-director has intelligently skipped it.
Wild Dog also suffers from predictable situations in places. Certain action stunts are too simplistic and some are exaggerated. Different sequences also needed better handling. Overall, it’s a movie with less emotion and more action.
If you’re looking for something different from the routine and formulaic Telugu movie stories, this can work to an extent. Despite some problems, the captivating second half made “Wild Dog” easy to watch.
Bottom-line: No barking, just bites
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